UAE Water Aid (Suqia)

UAE Water Aid (Suqia) operates as a nonprofit under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). It fundraises to provide potable water solutions to communities suffering from water scarcity worldwide, runs youth eduction programmes in the UAE, and promotes innovative solutions through the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award. To date, it has impacted the lives of more than 13 million people in 37 countries.

  • Organisation type Nonprofit
  • Year founded 2015
  • Headquartered Dubai
  • Registration United Arab Emirates
  • Website

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities


37 countries

1,000+ water projects

14.9 million lives impacted

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Agriculture
    • Irrigation and water management
  • Development
    • Sustainable development
  • Education
    • Elementary and secondary education
  • Environment
    • Natural resources
    • Water resources
  • Humanitarian

Focus populations

  • Internally displaced people
  • Low-income people
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Students
  • Widows
  • Working poor

Focus geographies

  • Africa
    • Benin
    • Tanzania
    • Botswana
  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates


  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
  • Emirates Red Crescent
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est.


  • Carbon Ambassadors Programme (CAP)

    This is a youth engagement programme launched by DEWA with support from the UNDP, and in cooperation with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon). CAP is designed to influence and guide the younger generation in the fields of Green Economy and Low Carbon Development.

  • Hands in the Field

    A volunteering initiative giving partner employees the chance to visit field projects.

  • Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award

    This is a US$1m global award to find sustainable solutions to water scarcity. The biennial Award encourages leading corporations, research centres, institutions, the youth and innovators from across the world to find sustainable and innovative solutions to the problem of water scarcity.

    The award supports R&D to develop new and innovative technologies for production, desalination and purification of water using renewable energy. It further elevates the UAE’s role in enabling innovating solutions for challenges faced by poor and crisis-inflicted communities worldwide.

    Read about the previous winners here.

  • Ramadan campaigns

    Supporting local communities and promoting volunteerism.

  • Water infrastructure

    UAE Water Aid works with local partners to build a variety of water supply and infrastructure services. These include water purification stations, wells, coolers, distribution networks, and sanitation facilities.



  • Water: The Global Passport

    In collaboration with DEWA and Surge, UAE Water Aid ran “Water: The Global Passport”, an interactive educational water conservation awareness programme. Participating students learn about the water crisis and ways to conserve their local water resources through hands-on educational games and activities. 

    Designed for primary age children, in 2017-2018, the programme reached 5,067 students from 28 schools.



Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards

Primary funders

  • Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives

Funding source

  • Fundraising
  • Private
  • Royal


Board members

  • Ahmed Ali Murad
  • Arif Sultan Al Hammadi
  • Fahad Abdulrahman Bin Sultan
  • Mohammed Abdulkareem Alshamsi
  • Nasser Mohammed Lootah
  • Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
  • Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi
  • Waleed Ali Salman

Contact details



Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award Third Cycle Impact Report (published June 2023) lists all the winners of the latest round of the prize. Read more